Clean Energy and Conservation

Cody Smith, Policy Associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, works on midwest policies that help amplify the positive effects of clean energy. There are many opportunity to combine clean, renewable energy infrastructure with beneficial habitat for native species.  Whether planting pollinator habitat under solar panels, creating migratory bird corridors along transmission lines, or improving habitat around wind turbines, there are lots of exciting ways to link clean energy and

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In Defense of Net Metering (Continued!)

Andy Johnson, Executive Director In March, the Iowa Legislature passed SF 583, meant to codify net metering and support customer-owned solar in Iowa for years to come. In July, Alliant and MidAmerican submitted tariffs to the Iowa Utilities Board that did not conform to the letter and spirit of the law. WED and others objected, the Board has now docketed the tariffs and we are submitting extensive testimony on key

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Electric Vehicle Showcase Review

From August 8th through October 3rd, Winneshiek Energy District presented a Electric Vehicle Showcase at the Decorah Farmers Market.  Each week, we had an electric vehicle with it’s owner-ambassador at the farmers market.  All of our owner-ambassadors live in Iowa and use their cars for their daily commutes, trips around town, and even for road trips! Below is the full list of cars with a little synopsis of each: August

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Welcome, New Green Iowa Americorps Team!

Heidi Eger, Communications On September 24th, 2020 the new team of Green Iowa Americorps members arrived at the WED office.  We are excited to have each of the 5 new members joining us for an 11 month term at the Winneshiek Energy District. All are 2020 Luther grads so they know the layout of town and are ready to get to work! At the beginning of the term, the team

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Deep Roots

Briana Burke, Green Iowa Education Coordinator Prairies are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world- meaning they have a lot of different types of plants and animals that live there. However, it is also one of the most endangered ecosystems. In Iowa, it is estimated that less than 0.1% of the prairie that used to cover the state remains. In 2002, the Decorah City Council moved to convert

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Tax Credit for EV Chargers

Last month we wrote about tax credits for energy efficiency and geothermal and we’ve talked a lot about the available – and phasing out – tax credits for solar. Did you know that there are tax credits for electric vehicle chargers too? You can get up to 30% of the cost of your charger, including installation costs, capped at $1,000. This tax credit is retroactive so if you installed an

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2020 Electric Vehicle Showcase

The Decorah Farmers Market has a new booth this fall: Winneshiek Energy District’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Tent! For eight weeks, the Winneshiek Energy District is setting up a pop-up canopy at the farmers market and bringing a local EV and it’s owner to downtown Decorah. We wanted to show our community a sampling of the wide range of EV options on the market and give them a chance to ask

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Green Iowa Team Finishes Service Year

The 2019-2020 Americorps team wrapped up their service year in mid-August.  The team of 5 full-time and 3 summer members made an incredible impact in our community! Between September of 2019 and March of 2020, the team completed 52 audits across 6 counties.  They changed over 1500 lightbulbs, saving families in our community over $9000 dollars and eliminating 80 metric tons of carbon emissions. That is the equivalent of taking

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Iowa’s Net Metering Saga Continues

Remember March, before the world turned upside down? It was actually a remarkable month for clean energy in Iowa. The Legislature unanimously passed SF 583, which codified net metering for Iowa’s investor owned utilities until about 2027.  By the time the Governor signed the bill, most attention was elsewhere. We wrote about the new law with excitement, and also cautioned that the devil may be in the implementation details. Sure

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2020 Alliant Residential Rebates

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Alliant Energy has doubled the amount of their residential rebates and dramatically increased the rebate amount for their small business lighting rebate program.  The increased rebate levels are only good through the end of the year so act now to take advantage of them. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your home’s cooling system, or adding a heat pump to supplement your gas furnace, act now

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